We definitely recommend this iPhone 6 case. Find out why in our Urban Armor Gear Review
The Urban Armor Gear case for the iPhone 6 is one of the slimmest yet tough case that we’ve found for the iPhone 6. It’s lightweight, uniquely designed and it will provide shock protection up to 4 ft for your iPhone 6. Some of the design aspects of this case are surprising but in general, we would definitely recommend this iPhone 6.
There aren’t any fatal flaws to this case and if we’re being picky, we’d have to say that the Urban Armor Gear case suffers just a bit when it comes to your iPhone handling and screen usability. Just a tiny amount though because based on our time with this case, we gave it a score of 4.3 Eh’s out of 5 which is one of the higher rated cases in our grouping of slim iPhone 6 cases.
At MobileReviewsEh, our reviews are based on actual usage so we actually use for a while before actually rating the case. For the Urban Armor Gear, it was used to monitor the form of my squats, it was dropped from a height of 4ft and most importantly, we compared the case against the Speck CandyShell, Spigen Tough Armor and Otterbox Symmetry. After we go through the details, I will talk bait about the differences between all those cases.
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- Fits the iPhone 6 very well
- Shockproof up to 4 ft
- Extremely slim iPhone case
- Why are there so many holes in the case?
- Back of the case may not have enough texture for some
- Edges of the case are fairly high
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- Viewers have complained about how slick the case is
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- Adds very little thickness to the iPhone 6
- Will add approx. 1/8 inch around the entire iPhone
- One of the least bulky cases that we've come across
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- The Urban Armor Gear fits the iPhone 6 very well
- Cutouts below the buttons, two cutouts on the back of the case
- Rubber corners fared well during drops
- Skid pads on the bottom also help the case from slipping off flat surfaces
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- Tight fitting case keeps dust out but there are several cutouts that could let dust in
- Urban Armor Gear is rated to protect your iPhone 6 from 4ft drops
- Edges of the case extend approx. 1/8 past the screen providing a bit of screen protection
- Screen protector included fits iPhone 6 well but it doesn't cover the are around the sensors on the front of the iPhone
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- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Able to use slightly larger headphones with the Urban Armor Gear
- The back of the case may be too slick for some people
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- Edges of the case may be too high for some. They do not get in the way of using the iPhone's touchscreen
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Design – Very slim and tough but why are there fake screws?
This case is slim, in fact the only case that is slimmer in our current crop of iPhone 6 cases is the stock Apple silicone case. The Urban Armor Gear fits well together, the case is far enough from the screen protector that it won’t scratch it off and the materials on the case seem to wear well over time.
The look of the case is fairly unique though some people may be put off by it. We didn’t take any points off for the odd cutouts that occur on the back of the case but the Urban Armor Gear has made the case actually look like it has screws in it.
Protection – Why are there so many holes in the Urban Armor Gear case for the iPhone 6?
The Urban Armor Gear is one of the few slim iPhone cases that is actually drop rated though there is only 1 layer of protection (according to their website) which may be why it’s only drop rated up to 4 ft which is approx. texting height of an average person. As we mentioned before, we’ve gone and performed the drop test for this case in order to do the Urban Case Armor review for the iPhone 6.
We do have a small issue with the dust protection of the case as there are several cutouts in the case that may allow dust and smaller pieces of debris to get between your iPhone and the Urban Armor Gear. Even the buttons for the power and volume areas have small cutouts.
In terms of screen protection, the edges of the case are high enough that it will keep your iPhone’s touchscreen off a flat surface and Urban Armor Gear does include a screen protector for you to install that covers most of the iPhone’s touch screen. The sensor area at the top of the iPhone isn’t covered by the screen protector.
Functionality – It’s slick so be careful, it might slip out of your hand
Getting to your iPhone As I mentioned at the beginning, handling your iPhone inside the Urban Armor Gear for the iPhone 6 might be annoying for people who really like their iPhone cases to be a bit “grippier”. The materials that are used on the case are feel matted and don’t offer a lot of friction between the case and your hand. However, Urban Armor Gear has added skids on the corners of the case which prevent it from slipping on tables.
The edges of the case might be annoying for some as well. They are not pronounce but because they don’t start overlapping the case until it starts to round. The edges do not get in the way of typing on your keyboard.
One of the features that we really like about this case is how Urban Armor Gear has designed the headphone jack area. Most cases just have a large cutout for the headphones but they’ve designed it so that the case sits tightly around the opening but it still allows you to use larger than average headphone jacks. Urban Amor Gear has designed the case to be flush with the opening of the headphone jack and from what we can tell, this will add a bit more stability to the headphone jack area.
With all things considered, we give this a score of 4.3 Eh’s out of 5. We like this case better than the Speck Candyshell because its thinner and lighter, isn’t as bulky as the Otterbox Symmetry and offers better protection than your Spigen Tough Armor.
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